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67 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

67 Days Until Kickoff!
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Don Willis



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Today’s photo is Don Willis, who played fullback for Clemson from 1936-1938.

Willis holds distinction at Clemson in that he was the first player in school history to be drafted into the NFL.

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June 30th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Mother’s Day on Bowman Field
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This photo was taken in the last years of Clemson being a military school in the spring of 1953 on Mother's Day.

Mother's Day was traditionally a very big event for the cadets and their families. In 1949 Tiger Brotherhood began a tradition of awarding Mother Of The Year to a Clemson mother during Military presentations on Mother’s Day on Bowman Field.

In this picture from 1953, over 12,000 people attended the event. The college dropped its mandatory military status in 1955 and in 1957 the Mother's Day festivities were changes to an all-college open house. You can see that Bowman Field, facing from Tillman Hall towards College Avenue, is jam packed full of Cadets and families.



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68 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

68 Days Until Kickoff!
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Homer Jordan

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Today’s photo is of Homer Jordan, who lettered for Clemson at quarterback from 1980-1982 and led Clemson to a National Championship in 1981.

Jordan was the starting quarterback for the 1981 Championship team that beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1982 Orange Bowl. He was also an All-ACC selection that year.

Jordan finished his college career completing 250 of 479 passes for 3,643 yards with 15 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.

After playing 4 years in the Canadian Football League, Jordan spent the 1987 with the Cleveland Browns.

Jordan was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

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June 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Earle Hall Prank

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Today’s photo above is from the 1980’s and shows a creative prank played on the lettering outside of Earle Hall by some students looking to have a little fun.

The below photo was taken in the early1960’s, soon after the completion of Earle Hall in 1959.

The building was named after Samuel B. Earle, a professor of engineering and President of Clemson’s Agricultural College. It was the first building on campus to be named for a living person at the time of dedication



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69 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

69 Days Until Kickoff!
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Stacy Driver

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Stacey Driver was a tailback at Clemson from 1982-1985.

Driver played as a running back at Griffin High School and was given the title of All-State and All American. At Clemson, Driver was nicknamed the “Ricochet Rabbit” for his quickness and ability to bounce off of tackles.

Driver spent the better part of his career as Clemson’s “other” running back. Terry Allen came to Clemson and took some of Driver’s carries away.

But Driver was a part of a unique game at Clemson. The 1983 team was on probation and could not officially win the ACC Championship. However, as the Tigers finished the ACC Regular Season with a home game versus Maryland, the Tigers would earn the league’s best ACC record if they could beat the Terrapins and Boomer Esiason. This was the game where Central Spirit amassed over 300,000 balloons for the record launch.


Driver guided Clemson to a big game, and a…

June 28th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tiger Baseball Legend Rusty Adkins

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Today’s photos are of a Clemson baseball legend, Rusty Adkins.

Rusty Adkins is Clemson's only three-time All-American in baseball. He earned All-ACC and All-District honors for the 1965-67 seasons.

Adkins had a 41-game hitting streak over the 1965 and 1966 seasons, an ACC record. In 1965, he hit .444 on the year and did not strike out. He had a three-year career batting average of .379 with a wooden bat. His first and last career hits were both homeruns.

Baseball American named him to the All-College Baseball Team for the 1965-74 era.   Adkins was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and played four years in the minor leagues.


Adkins was later inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1995, and then the Clemson Ring of Honor in 1998. He became the inaugural member of the York County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, as well.

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70 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

70 Days Until Kickoff!
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Joe Blalock

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Today’s photo is of Joe Blalock, who lettered for Clemson at left end from 1939-1941.

Blalock was Clemson's first two-time All-American and was the leading Tiger receiver for three consecutive years. Blalock also averaged 20.34 yards per catch in his career.

Blalock was the 5th round draft choice of the Detroit Lions after the 1941 season.

Blalock is a Charter member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1973. In 1999, Blalock was ranked as Clemson's #16 football player of all-time by a panel of Clemson historians.

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June 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Bob Bradley and Press Box In 1977

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Today’s photos are from the 1977 football season and are of Bob Bradley inside the Press Box on game day in Clemson. I am also hoping that some of the others in these photos can be identified, so if you know please email me or respond to the post on Facebook.

The above photo is a great shot of Bob working the game (notice his Clemson Alumni ring proudly worn)! I do not know who the gentleman to Bob’s right is.

In the next photo, I am almost certain that the person Bob is talking to below is former Greenville News writer Dan Foster.   I also believe that the young man sitting directly to the right of Bob is his son, Robert.


And finally, on the back row of the picture above are Jerry Arp and Al Adams.

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71 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

71 Days Until Kickoff!
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Harold Olszewski

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Today’s photo is of Harry Olszewski, who lettered at offensive guard from 1965-1967

Olszewski was a First-team consensus All-American and the only unanimous choice to All-ACC team in 1967. It was Olszewski ‘s second straight year on the team.

Olszewski was amed to the Silver Anniversary All-ACC team in 1977. He scored a 12-yard touchdown, with a fumbled snap from center, against South Carolina his junior year.

Olszewski started 30 consecutive varsity games and was ranked as Clemson's #17 football player of all-time by a panel of Clemson historians in 1999.

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June 26th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Cadets On Highway 93 In 1940’s

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Today’s photos are from the late 1940’s and shows Clemson Cadets crossing what is now Highway 93 in Clemson. This is post-WWII Clemson and optimism around the country was very high as the beginning of the "baby boomer" generation was cranking up.

This photo was taken at the old location of the Methodist Church and Cadets would cross the road on their way to the old Post Office (now Mell Hall). Cadets would get their mail before going to the mess hall to eat.

Below is a photo of the same location taken this past Spring.


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72 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

72 Days Until Kickoff!
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Obed Ariri

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Today’s photo is of Obed Ariri, who lettered at kicker from 1977-1980.

Obed Ariri was enrolled at Clemson in 1977 when Charlie Pell was in dire need for a kicker. Dr. Ibrahim offered Obed only if he would still continue to play soccer. Pell agreed, and Obed went on to nail every attempt thus securing his place as the kicker for the Tigers. Obed's scholarship was shifted to Football and Pell insisted that Obed forget about soccer.

One of Obed's longest successful career kicks for Clemson came in the clutch fourth quarter against the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville on October 11, 1980 when his 52-yard boot gave the Tigers a 27-24 win. He narrowly missed a 61-yard attempt in a later game that season.

Obed was drafted in the 7th round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts but was cut from the team days before the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired O…

June 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Baseball In 1950’s
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Today’s photos are from the 1950’s and shows a long ago era of Tiger Baseball.

The above photo is of Tiger leftfielder, Larry Wilson, connecting on a pitch against Furman in the early 1950’s. I believe this game was played at Furman, as I do not recognize this as the baseball complex from the 1950’s (which was located where Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex is now).

The next photo is of a very young Coach Bill Wilhelm dressed in a nice suit looking down on Tiger infielder Clayton Lowder, who was struck on the knee by an errant pitch.


The final photo is a classic shot of longtime trainer Herman McGee in the dugout during a trip to Omaha in the late 50s.


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73 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

73 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Photo Of The Day
Charlie Waters
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Charlie Waters lettered at Clemson from 1967-1968

Waters arrived in Tigertown as a quarterback, but was switched to receiver for the final 15 games of his Clemson career. Later, playing with the Dallas Cowboys, he intercepted 40 passes.

Waters played quarterback at North Augusta High School and made the 1965 Shrine Bowl team.

Waters signed a scholarship at Clemson and by the spring of 1968 as a junior, he was competing with Billy Ammons for the starting QB job. When Ammons hurt his knee in spring practice, Waters won the position. Clemson started the season 0-3-1 and when Ammons’ knee healed, he took over the starting job and Waters shifted to WR for the remaining 15 games of his Clemson career.

A three-year letterman from 1967–69, Waters was an All-ACC selection in 1969 at WR as a senior. During his Clemson career, he caught 68 passes for 1,196 yards and 17.1 yards pe…

June 24th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Construction Of North Upper Deck (Part II)

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Today’s photos are Part II and a series of shots during the construction of the North Upper Deck in 1983.

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million.


To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck. The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales. Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

The North Upper Deck is slightly larger than the South Upper Deck. The reason for this is simple. Engineers had more room to build behind the North Upper Deck than they did behind the South Upper Deck (with Cemetery Hill behind the South). This allowed for a slightly higher design, adding a few thousand more seats to the North.


At one time, Clemson promoted Death Valley as having the most sideline seats of any stadium …

74 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

74 Days Until Kickoff!
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Chad Jasmin


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Today’s photo is of Chad Jasmin, running back, who lettered at Clemson from 2000-2003.

Chad Jasmin had a unique career at Clemson, appearing in four bowl games for the Tigers. Jasmine had some of his best moments as a Tiger in bowl games.

He had a career-high 83 rushing yards on 16 carries in the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl, then had two catches for 22 yards and rushed for a score in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl.


In the final games of the 2003 season, Jasmin was once again a key part of Clemson’s offense. Jasmin scored what seemed like 15 touchdowns against South Carolina in a 63-17 win in Columbia.

In the Chic-Fil-A Bowl vs. Tennessee, Jasmin scored on a 15 yard touchdown run giving Clemson a 17–7 lead. Jasmin was also the first Clemson running back since Terrence Flagler (at Wake Forest in 1986) to catch a pair of touchdown passes in the same game at North Carolina in 2002.

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June 23rd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

North Upper Deck Construction (Part I)

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Today’s photos are from the 1983 and show the construction of the North Upper Deck in Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.


The North Upper Deck is comprised of 22,500 yards of concrete, 2,200 tons of reinforcing steel, 3,000 tons of asphalt, 5,800 gallons of paint, and 60,000 pounds of aluminum seating

The North Upper Deck height is 13.36 stories and the length is 560 feet. The total cost of the North Upper Deck was $13.5 million.


To illustrate the quality of the investment of the upper deck. The $13.5 million dollar investment is recovered in just 3 years (7 home games per year) in ticket sales. Each game Clemson sells out the North Upper Deck, over $600,000 goes towards Clemson Athletics.

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75 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

75 Days Until Kickoff!
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David Treadwell
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Today’s photo is of David Treadwell, kicker for Clemson from 1985-1987. In the above photo, Treadwell approaches the game winning kick against Georgia in 1986. David Treadwell lettered for Clemson from 1985-1987 as a field goal kicker.

Treadwell holds a special place in the hearts of all Clemson football fans for his last second field goals that beat Georgia in consecutive seasons, 1986 and 1987. Both field goals came in the last 10 seconds of the game to beat the Bulldogs: 31-28 in 1986 and 21-20 in 1987.

Six times in Treadwell's career he made field goals inside the last three minutes of games that won or tied games for the Tigers. Treadwell's kicks were significant reasons Clemson won the ACC Championships of 1986 and 1987. He was also the starting kicker in 1985 and in his first game as a starter, booted a field goal as time ran out to beat Virginia Tech i…

June 22nd Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson Cadets At Movies In 1951

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Today’s photos are from 1951 and are of Clemson’s downtown movie theatre at the time.

This group of cadets are lining up to see the popular musical "An American in Paris" staring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Today, this location is the Tiger Sports Shop on College Avenue.


The movie is a great diversion from classes and the Korean War, which is hovering over the senior cadets at Clemson. During the Korean War, 1,500 Clemson graduates would be deployed and 20 would lose their life.

"An American in Paris" is a 1951 MGM musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner.

The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Best Musical Score among other awards. Interestingly, Gene Kelly received an Acade…

76 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

76 Days Until Kickoff!
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Marvin Sims

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Marvin Sims Lettered At Clemson At Running Back In 1977, 1978, and 1979

At Clemson, Sims carried the ball 316 times in his career for 1,541 yards and 4 touchdowns. One the highlights of Sims’ career at Clemson was the 1978 regular season finale against the Gamecocks.

The rivalry game was played in front of a record crowd of 68,000 fans against South Carolina. Clemson had been constructing the South upper deck stands, luxury suites, and press box during the season, and it had sold 15,000 tickets to the game prior to its completion. The structure was finished just two days prior to the game, much to the relief of Athletic Director Bill McLellan.


The environment was electric, especially when Clemson jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter behind a running attack that would finish the game with 397 yards. Three different Tigers (Steve Fuller, Marvin Sims, and Lester Br…

June 21st Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial View Of Death Valley In Early 1980’s And The Story Behind The Jump And Photo! 

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Today’s photos are from the early 1980’s and show a unique aerial view of Death Valley and surrounding areas.

After seeing this photo in a previous blog, I received an email from the photographer.  His name is Jim Benson and he is a Clemson graduate of the Class of 1984.  Below is his account of that day:

This was late 1983 or very early 1984.  I was Vice President of the Clemson skydiving club for a couple of years around that time and several of us were doing an exhibition jump that day.  The TAPS yearbook staff set me up with a camera (old style hand-held 35mm SLR) that I just hung around my neck stuffed down inside my jumpsuit.

We jumped from over a mile up from a Cessna 182 & after a little bit of freefall Relative Work fun & opening my parachute, I pulled out the 35mm.  I quickly took the roll within ~2 minutes before having to stuff it away & focus o…

77 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

77 Days Until Kickoff!
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Dwayne Meadows

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Dwayne Meadows Lettered At Clemson At Defensive Tackle In 1984, 1985, and 1986

Meadows played three years at Clemson, but gave up his final year of eligibility in 1987 at Clemson to focus on his grades. Coach Ford, at the time, described it as Meadows was “retiring” from football.

Meadows spot on the depth chart behind Michael Dean Perry was taken by Vance Hammond, who later became one of Clemson’s best defensive tackles in program history.

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June 20th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Aerial Photo Of Clemson Campus In 1950’s

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Today’s photos are from the early 1950’s and shows the Clemson campus from the air and on the ground.

The above photo is a large aerial shot of the campus in the early1950s. You can pin the date of this photograph to within a few years because of two buildings that stand out. Brackett Hall is in this photo above, and Bracket Hall was completed in 1951. The Old Barracks are also in this photo. The Old Barracks were torn down in the summer of 1954.

The next photo is of one of the old smoke stacks for the old boiler room. If you look closely, you can see the back of the 2nd and 3rd Barracks in this photo as well, dating the picture sometime before 1954.

I believe this picture was taken in the summer of 1954 right before the 2nd and 3rd Barracks were demolished.

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78 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

78 Days Until Kickoff!
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Terry Bryant

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Terry Bryant Lettered At Clemson At Tailback in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000

Bryant helped pace the Tigers defense to the nation’s top ranking in Total Defense for the first half of the 2000 season.


Bryant was named Honorable Mention All-ACC with 7 first place votes in 2000.

Bryant was a part of Clemson defenses that played under Tommy West and his traditional offense, and then Tommy Bowden who brought a much more fast paced attack to Clemson.


That change in offensive philosophy also had major implications on Clemson’s defense as well.

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June 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Martin’s Drug Store Through The Years

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Today’s photos span over 100 years and show Martin’s Drug Store on College Avenue in Clemson.

These pictures were all from the same location on College Avenue, with the above picture taken in 1911. It is an interesting picture in that they staged the signs being held up by the young men on the front row.

We now fast forward to the 1950’s and you can see the more familiar Martin Drug Store.


The next photo is from the inside of Martin’s Drug Store and is from the 1960’s. Students were often found in Martin’s getting everything from medicine to magazines, to Valentine’s gifts for their sweethearts.


The final photo was taken 5 years ago in the location that Martin’s Drug Store was located for over 100 years.


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79 Days Until Kickoff! Dark Territory Clemson Letterman Of The Day

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"Goat" McMillan

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Covington “Goat” McMillan Lettered At Clemson At Tailback in 1928 and 1929

The above photo shows “Goat” McMillan running in 1929 in a game against South Carolina. “Goat” McMillan played football for Clemson from 1928-1930. He was a tailback on a team that beat South Carolina three straight years. The teams went 8-3, 8-3, and 8-2 in those years.

After playing football he joined the coaching staff in 1937 after coaching at Furman. He was a backfield coach until 1955 when he was made head freshman coach. Some of the players Coach McMillan coached include Banks McFadden, Jackie Calvert, Bobby Gage, and Joel Wells.

McMillian participated in seven bowl games, including the 1940 Cotton Bowl, 1949 Gator Bowl, 1951 Orange Bowl, 1952 Gator Bowl, 1957 Orange Bowl, 1959 Sugar Bowl, and the 1959 Bluebonnet Bowl. Goat McMillan retired at the end of the 1964 season.


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June 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Clemson YMCA (Part II)

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Today’s photos are from the Clemson YMCA, originally located in Holtzendorff Hall.

The building was the first on the campus financed by private donations, most of which was a gift from John D. Rockefeller. It was designed by Rudolph E. Lee, a member of the first graduating class at Clemson (1896) and the dean of the Department of Architecture at the time the building was constructed (1916).


The building is named for Preston B. Holtzendorff, Jr. (known as "Mr. Holtzy") who arrived as assistant secretary of the "Y" in 1916 and soon became general secretary. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The newly completed Y. M. C. A. Building opened for the first time on Friday, January 7, 1916.

"There were no formal exercises. It had been previously announced that the doors would be opened at four-thirty that afternoon. At the appointed time quite a crowd had gathered. They were met and shown…